PWC: Martin wins GTS race at St. Petersburg
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PWC: Martin wins GTS race at St. Petersburg

Dean Martin won the Round 3 GTS Race on the streets of St. Petersburg, at the Cadillac Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, part of the St. Petersburg Grand Prix weekend. Kurt Rezzetano finished second and Spencer Pumpelly finished third.

Starting from pole, Martin, in the No. 50 Rehagen Racing/Picture Cars East Ford Mustang Boss 302, got a great start rocketing off the line when the lights went out to lead into the first turn. Behind Martin, Rezzetano, in the No. 37 Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 also had a great start moving up from sixth on the grid to second through turn 1 and was awarded the Cadillac Move of the Race for the feat. Pumpelly, in the No. 87 DWW Motorsports/ Ford Mustang Boss 302, started second and following in behind Rezzetano for third.

Kia Racing teammates Mark Wilkins - in the No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports/Kia Racing PutOnTheBrakes.Org Kia Optima and Ben Clucas, in the No. 36 Kinetic Motorsports / Kia Racing DonorsChoose.Org Kia Optima - who had started third and fifth, respectively, on the grid, took up the battle after the first turn in fourth and fifth.

Coming into the St. Petersburg weekend, GTS points leader Kris Wilson in the No. 07 Orion/Royal Purple/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT4 started 19th on the grid after a mechanical issue prior to Thursday's qualifying session that did not allow him to post a time. On the start, Wilson gained seven positions earning him the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award.

Through laps 1 to 9, Martin, Rezzetano, Pumpelly, Wilkins and Clucas held position with Andrew Aquilante in the No. 32 Calvert Dynamics/Phoenix Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302 closing up the gap on the top five after falling off the leaders from the standing start. Aquilante had started fourth on the grid.

By lap 10, Aquilante passed Clucas for fifth and set his sights on Wilkins. By lap 19, Aquilante moved pass Wilkins out braking the driver of the No. 38 car through turn 1. On lap 24 though, Aquilante's Boss 302 encountered a mechanical issue and he retired from the race.

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